In the Maersk Alabama hijacking, the seals took three shots at once, killing all three pirates simultaneously. I was watching the reproduction and I remember the analyst naming a specific term.

What is the word for that particular action?


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In this video, the words simultaneous and synchronized shots are used. However, I believe the correct term is Simultaneous Engagement, as seen here quoted from the book Advanced Sniper Markmanship, which I believe was written by an instructor in this field.

Simultaneous Engagements

In certain situations, it's useful for several snipers to simultaneously engage the same target or multiple targets...

  • There it is. Exact match.
    – vickyace
    Jun 8, 2016 at 20:01

Perhaps it was time on target, defined by Merriam Webster as

A concentration of artillery fire on a target in which the time of firing by each unit participating is so regulated that all the projectiles reach the target simultaneously

  • From Military Terms.net: time on target — 1. Time at which aircraft are scheduled to attack/photograph the target. 2.The actual time at which aircraft attack/photograph the target. 3. The time at which a nuclear detonation as planned at a specified desired ground zero. Also called TOT.(JP 3-09.3) Jun 8, 2016 at 18:20
  • @Gandalf But what he defined is also true. I've read it in biographies. Same words. Verbatim.
    – vickyace
    Jun 8, 2016 at 20:02
  • @vickyace I know the term exists: I found it here: militaryterms.info/about/glossary-f.shtml ;but in your bios was it used in the context of sniping? Jun 8, 2016 at 20:15
  • @Gandalf I wasn't talking about sniping. I thought that you meant what Rome_Leader defined was wrong. I was merely defending the definition.
    – vickyace
    Jun 8, 2016 at 20:19
  • @vickyace OK, gotcha. Different branches of the Armed Forces use the same phrases to indicate different operations: for example, flyers have another definition for "simultaneous engagement" - "The concurrent engagement of hostile targets by combination of interceptor aircraft and surface-to-air missiles". Jun 8, 2016 at 20:33

A sniper's shot that kills more than one target is called a Quigley.

The term comes from the 1990 film Quigley Down Under, in which the eponymous character dispatches multiple opponents with a single shot

This newspaper article, and this one refers to the term.

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